January 22, 2009
Gardening ’09 is in full swing! I’ve been signing up for round robins, making trades, getting offers and ordering from catalogues to get all my selections for this year. I’ve got a list of seeds/plants to get for other people and my own to try and trim down and I’m still not finished.
Here’s what I’m waiting for to arrive in the mail: hybrid specialty carrots Purple Rain, Atomic Red, Purple Haze, Rainbow, and White Satin; Golden beet; Neckargold pole beans; Peaches & Cream corn; Tall Telephone peas; Veronica cauliflower; herb drying sheets; bean and pea netting and my biggest expense, a Purple Haze tomato plant. I still need to put in a Richter’s and Mapple Farms order for herbs and sweet potatoes. Anything else I’ll wait until the Seedy Saturday event here in Ottawa on Sat. Mar. 7th – a great event for gardeners!
To prepare for Seedy Saturday (and my trades and round robin), I’ve been packaging up my extra seeds into little plastic bags with tidy labels. I get two sizes of baggies (4″ x 5″ and 3.5″ x 2″) in the craft section of the dollar store and run Avery 5267 labels through my printer. So far I have: Jack O’Lantern pumpkin, Malabar spinach, Dwarf Fernleaf dill, Garlic chives, Waltham Butternut squash and Boothby’s Blond cucumber. I count out the bigger seeds into groups of 10 or 15 and use a 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon for the smaller seeds. Getting them ready ahead of time makes it easier for me to figure out how many of what I can give away.
Next, I should be starting my winter sowing (once I’ve rescued the cracked-up empty bins from the deck and cleaned out the containers) and preparing my sowing supplies such as potting soil, seedling trays, labels, domes, etc.
Indoor seed starting kicks off with early sowings of parsley on Sunday, February 15 – just over three weeks away today. With a frost-free/planting out date of Saturday, May 16th I really need to plan my home and satellite gardens keeping in mind crop rotation and companion planting.
Gosh, there’s so much to do!